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EuroCity, abbreviated as EC, is a cross-border train category within the European inter-city rail network.[1] In contrast to trains allocated to the lower-level "IC" (InterCity) category, EC trains are international services that meet 20 criteria covering comfort, speed, food service and cleanliness.[2] Each EC train is operated by more than one EU (or Swiss)-based rail company, under a multilateral co-operative arrangement, and all EC trains link important European cities with each other.[3] The EuroCity
EuroCity
label replaced the older Trans Europ Express
Trans Europ Express
(TEE) name for border-crossing trains in Europe. Whereas TEE services were first-class only, EuroCity
EuroCity
trains convey first and second class coaches.[2] The EuroCity
EuroCity
schedule was designed with train pairs running one train in both directions,[clarification needed] thus resulting in a more frequent service than the TEE, which normally ran only once a day.

Contents

1 Criteria 2 Names

2.1 EuroCity-Express

3 Network 4 Operation 5 List of EuroCity
EuroCity
services 6 See also 7 References

7.1 Notes 7.2 Further reading

8 External links

Criteria[edit]

German Class 101 locomotive pulling a EuroCity
EuroCity
train consisting of Swiss and German coaches

Eurocity operated by SBB at Yverdon Station

The criteria EuroCity
EuroCity
trains are required to meet include the following:

train through two or more countries all cars air-conditioned stop only at stations serving major cities stops scheduled to last no more than five minutes, in special cases up to 15 minutes food and beverages available onboard (preferably from a dining car) conductors speak at least two languages, one of which must be English, French or German average speed (including stops) above 90 kilometres per hour (56 mph), exceptions for routes including mountainous terrain and train ferries

In 1993 it was decided that EuroCity
EuroCity
trains must complete their journey between 6:00 am and midnight. The night services are operated as EuroNight
EuroNight
since 23 May 1993.[4] Names[edit] Originally, all EuroCity
EuroCity
trains carried names, and many still do, continuing the practice started with the luxury trains of the 19th and early 20th centuries. The names are printed on brochures showing the times of arrival and departure at every stop and details of the journey; these are placed on the seats by the train staff. A few trains have used the names of the earlier Trans Europ Express
Trans Europ Express
or InterCity
InterCity
trains that they replaced on the same route, for example Iris for Brussels
Brussels
to Zürich. The names were mostly related to the cities and region the trains served and chosen from historical or mythological figures, geographical and botanical names or regional products. In 1991, the decision was made to name the EuroCity
EuroCity
services after famous Europeans,[5] which in some cases resulted in the renaming of existing services, e.g. the EC trains between Germany and Denmark. On 29 July 1991, the European Community
European Community
decided to reorganise the legal structure of the railways in order to stimulate commercial operation and reduce government subsidies. The directive, in force in 1993, stated that railway services and infrastructure should be split and operators should be able to offer their services everywhere in Europe using the national infrastructure. After 20 years the implementation is still ongoing, but it has affected the railway operators already. High-speed services that have been introduced subsequently, using both new rolling stock and some newly built line sections, have all used brand names that are applied to all trains of their class or category, rather than naming every single service. As a consequence of this trend, the named EC trains on the Paris–Brussels–Amsterdam route disappeared in 1995–96, replaced by unnamed TGV
TGV
trains and later by Thalys
Thalys
service. Between the Netherlands and Germany the Intercity-Express
Intercity-Express
(ICE) was introduced in 2000, resulting in the near disappearance of the EuroCity
EuroCity
brand on those train routes, and with it the use of train names. For marketing reasons, the four EuroCity
EuroCity
services between Germany and Poland
Poland
were advertised as the Berlin–Warszawa Express effective 29 September 2002, thus marketing a product instead of naming individual trains. Preparations for privatisation of Deutsche Bahn led to the discontinuation of names for the EuroCity
EuroCity
services in Allgäu
Allgäu
on 15 December 2002, and for the other German-operated EC trains on 12 December 2004. The French–Swiss TGV
TGV
services lost their individual names on 17 May 2003, when "Lyria" was chosen as the brand name used collectively for those TGVs. After the collapse of Cisalpino
Cisalpino
on 13 December 2009, the named trains between Italy and Switzerland disappeared as well. Farther east, all EC services continue to carry names. EuroCity-Express[edit] From December 2017, the label is supplemented by the new classification EuroCity
EuroCity
Express (ECE). Initially, this will only be used for a single service; the Frankfurt (Main) to Milan service operated by SBB and ETR 610 coaches.[6] Network[edit]

The initial EuroCity
EuroCity
network, 1987

EuroCity
EuroCity
network at the end of 2010

On 31 May 1987 the EuroCity
EuroCity
network started with 64 EuroCity
EuroCity
trains, serving 200 cities in 13 countries.[2][7] They were made up of 56 day services and eight night services. The network included the international TGVs between France
France
and Switzerland, shown in orange on the 1987 map. Night services are shown in blue on the map, with the exception of the boat-train Benjamin Britten (London–Amsterdam), whose overnight portion was by ferry, not by train. The other EuroCity trains are shown in green on the map. The TEE Gottardo is shown in red on the map, because it was converted to EuroCity
EuroCity
only one year later. Three international InterCity
InterCity
trains did not qualify as EuroCity
EuroCity
and are shown on the map in grey. The network was set up by the national railways of Norway, Sweden, Austria, Switzerland
Switzerland
and the European Community. One year later Hungary
Hungary
joined as well. The network grew from 64 services in 1987 to 76 services in 1990, and in 1991 the frequency was improved, resulting in an expansion to 102 services by 1991. Until then it was a mainly West European network but from 1991 it began expanding beyond Hungary in the east. After the historic developments occurring in Central and Eastern Europe around that time, Yugoslavia
Yugoslavia
and Czechoslovakia
Czechoslovakia
became part of the system in 1991, and Poland
Poland
in 1992. In the following years Czechoslovakia
Czechoslovakia
and later Yugoslavia
Yugoslavia
were split and their parts became individual members too. In 1993 the night services were rebranded as the EuroNight
EuroNight
network, the start of a gradual decline in the number of EuroCity
EuroCity
trains in Western Europe. When high-speed lines opened in France, Italy, Spain, Germany and Benelux, the EuroCity
EuroCity
services were replaced by high-speed trains, mostly with their own brands and therefore not classified as EuroCity. In Central and Eastern Europe more services were introduced, and over a period of 25 years the centre of the EC network had shifted east. Operation[edit] During the pre-Schengen era, passport checks were conducted on EC trains while in motion, rather than while parked at a station or requiring the passengers to disembark, as was sometimes the case for non-EC trains. A few require pre-reservation (though this is possible and recommended for all other trains) and in some countries a supplemental charge. List of EuroCity
EuroCity
services[edit] Main article: List of EuroCity
EuroCity
services See also[edit]

EuroCity
EuroCity
in Germany Train categories in Europe EuroNight

References[edit] Notes[edit]

^ Schulz, Hans; Basler, Otto; Strauss, Gerhard (eds) (2004). Deutsches Fremdwörterbuch: in 12 Bänden [German Book of Foreign Words: in 12 Volumes] (in German). 5: Eau De Cologne - Futurismus. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter. p. 317. ISBN 3110180219. CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link) ^ a b c Saltzman, Marvin L. (March 6, 1988). "INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL : Europe's Trains on a Roll in Price Competition". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2 April 2013.  ^ Haas, Hans-Dieter; Eschlbeck, Daniela (eds) (2006). Internationale Wirtschaft: Rahmenbedingungen, Akteure, räumliche Prozesse [International Business: Environment, Actors, Spatial Processes] (in German). München: Oldenbourg Verlag. p. 307. ISBN 3486579436. CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link) ^ "International Services from May 23" (changes taking effect). Thomas Cook European Timetable (May 1–22, 1993 edition), p. 3. Peterborough, UK: Thomas Cook Publishing. ^ M. Mertens and J.P. Malaspina (2007). La légende des Trans Europ Express, p. 130. Vannes. ^ Doll, Nikolaus (17 October 2017). "Warum Deutsche Bahn jetzt einen ECE auf dem Gleise schickt" (in German). Die Welt. Retrieved 26 October 2017.  ^ Das grosse TEE Buch p. 131

Further reading[edit]

Brunhouse, Jay (17 May 1987). "The New Age Dawns on Train Travel in Europe". The Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 24 February 2013.  Malaspina, Jean-Pierre (2005). Intercity, Eurocity, EURegio, EuroNight, City Night Line, Auto-trains. Trains d'Europe (in French). 2. Paris: La Vie du Rail. ISBN 2915034494.  Rufer, Fritz (1993). Die neuen Eurocity-Wagen der SBB: Wechsel im RIC-Wagenpark der SBB [The New SBB-CFF-FFS EuroCity
EuroCity
Coaches: Transition in the SBB-CFF-FFS Coach Fleet] (in German). Münchenbuchsee: Fritz Rufer. OCLC 600897699.  Trautsamwieser, Herbert (1998). Vom Dampfwagen zum EuroCity: 160 Jahre Eisenbahn in Österreich, 160 Jahre Menschen im Zug [From Steam Engines to EuroCity: 160 Years of Railways in Austria, 160 Years of People by Train] (in German). Krems: Malek. ISBN 3901207228.  EC-Verkehr - 1987 bis heute der EuroCity-Verkehr bei der DB, der Deutschen Bahn AG, den ÖBB und der SBB [EC-Traffic - 1987 to today the EuroCity-Traffic on the DB, the Deutsche Bahn AG, the ÖBB and the SBB-CFF-FFS]. BahnProfil (in German). 23. Berlin: adk. 2001. OCLC 76217533.  EuroCity: Qualität der Bahn [EuroCity: Quality of the Rails]. Bahn-Akzente (in German). Frankfurt/M: Deutsche Bundesbahn. 1987. OCLC 315382922.  Fernreise-System Bahn: Informationen zu InterCityExpress, InterCity, EuroCity
EuroCity
und deren Vernetzung [Long Distance Rail Travel System: Information about InterCityExpress, InterCity, EuroCity
EuroCity
and their Networking]. Reisen mit der Bahn (in German). Mainz: Deutsche Bundesbahn; Deutsche Reichsbahn. 1992. OCLC 311761936. 

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EuroCity
EuroCity
in Germany List of EuroCity
EuroCity
services List of named passenger trains of Europe

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InterCity

Austria
Austria
(ÖBB) Belgium (SNCB) Croatia (HŽ) Czech Republic (ČD) Denmark (DSB) Finland (VR) France
France
(SNCF) Germany (DB) Hungary
Hungary
(MÁV) Ireland (IÉ) Italy (Trenitalia) Netherlands (NS) Poland
Poland
(PKP) Portugal (CP) Romania (CFR) Serbia (ŽS) Slovakia (ŽSSK) Slovenia (SŽ) Sweden
Sweden
(SJ) Switzerland
Switzerland
(SBB) United Kin

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